05 May 2008

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for May 5

Fri., May 9 (POF)
vs. Rockford IceHogs
Allstate Arena
7:30 p.m.

Sun., May 11*
at Rockford IceHogs
Rockford MetroCentre
4:00 p.m.

Tue., May 13* (POG)
vs. Rockford IceHogs
Allstate Arena
7:00 p.m.

*If necessary

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Wednesday marks the second straight playoff series - and the 12th overall in franchise history - the Wolves will enter Game 4 with a 2-games-to-1 lead. Chicago is undefeated in its playoff history when holding a 2-1 advantage entering the fourth contest (11-0) and has posted a 17-12 all-time mark in Game 4 (.586), which includes a 2-0 road loss against Milwaukee in the West Division Semifinal.


--- Ondrej Pavelec: Faced an average of 39.3 shots per game through the first three contests of the West Division Final against Rockford, posting two wins and a .941 save percentage (111 shots on 118 saves) ... Held opponents without a first-period goal in six straight outings ... Notched a 6-3 record with a 1.94 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage in nine matchups during his professional postseason debut

--- Jason Krog: Leads the AHL with 11 assists and is tied for second with 11 points in nine playoff tilts ... Held without a goal through the first nine outings after leading the league with 39 regular-season markers ... Also led the AHL in assists (73) and points (112) ... Accrued 40 helpers and 57 points in 50 career Calder Cup Playoff outings, which includes 30 (5G, 25A) in 24 tilts with Chicago

--- Bryan Little: Collected three points (2G, A) in the last two contests, which includes the squad's only goal in Sunday's Game 3 loss ... Shares second on the club with three goals and fourth with five points during the playoffs ... Bagged 25 points (9G, 16A) in 34 tilts with the Wolves and 16 points (6G, 10A) in 48 outings with the Atlanta Thrashers during the regular season

--- Darren Haydar: Ranks third in the AHL with a team-best six goals during the
postseason, one off the lead ... Notched 49 goals in 80 career Calder Cup Playoff games, two shy of matching the most in AHL history ... Leads the league with five power-play goals and three game-winners this postseason ... Ranked fifth on Chicago during the regular season with 58 points in just 51 outings

For complete team postseason statistics, click here


--- The Wolves were held to just one goal in Sunday's Game 3 loss after potting seven the night before in Game 2, one shy of matching a postseason franchise

--- Chicago's two-goal loss on Sunday (3-1) matched the squad's largest margin of defeat this postseason.

--- Three of the six goals Chicago has allowed in the last two contests have been recorded while the team was short-handed; prior Game 2 of the West Division Final, the Wolves did not surrender a man-advantage marker in four consecutive matchups.

--- Defenseman Brian Fahey established a postseason franchise record when he
recorded a +5 plus/minus rating in Saturday's 7-3 win over the IceHogs.

--- Blueliner Boris Valabik shares second on Chicago with three playoff goals after netting three markers in the previous 121 contests of his professional career.

--- The Wolves have been outshot, 88-66, by Rockford in the last two games, which includes surrendering over 20 shots in two of the six periods.

--- Including the regular-season, Chicago has posted a power-play goal in all 13 of its matchups against Rockford, netting 28 on 92 chances (30.4 percent).


The Wolves are outscoring opponents, 10-1, in the first period during the playoffs, which includes holding opponents without a marker in the opening 20 minutes in six straight games; Chicago potted an AHL-best 93 first-frame goals during the regular-season, outscoring opponents by 25 markers, its most in a single stanza.


Sun., May 4 (Game 3)
(at) Rockford 3, Chicago 1
--- The Rockford IceHogs used two second-period goals to take command of the contest before downing the Wolves, 3-1, at the MetroCentre in Game 3 of the West Division Final to slash Chicago's series lead to 2-games-to-1
--- Center Bryan Little netted the Wolves' only goal with 1:16 remaining in the third period while goaltender Ondrej Pavelec notched 40 saves on 43 shots

Sat., May 3 (Game 2)
(at) Chicago 7, Rockford 3
--- Chicago watched a 3-0 first-period lead get slashed to 4-3 early in the third frame before running away with a 7-3 victory over the Rockford IceHogs at the Allstate Arena to open up a 2-games-to-0 series lead
--- Six Wolves collected two points, which includes a two-goal outing from captain Darren Haydar and the game-winning, short-handed tally and an assist from Colin Stuart
--- Netminder Ondrej Pavelec posted a postseason career high 42 saves on 45 shots in the win

Thu., May 1 (Game 1)
(at) Chicago 4, Rockford 1
--- Chicago used a power-play goal in each period to open up a 3-0 lead on the way to a 4-1 victory over the Rockford IceHogs in Game 1 of the West Division Final at the Allstate Arena
--- Center Jason Krog dished out three assists while blueliner Joel Kwiatkowski potted two goals and left wing Brett Sterling added a marker and an assist
--- Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec kicked out 29 of the 30 shots he faced, not allowing a marker until the 15:55 mark of the third period